After the school year began, the online resource we were using changed that allowed youth to record their sermon reflections in a blog format. What once was free became a paid service. To close out the confirmation year, we’re going “old school,” but with a new concept. We’ve taught the youth the basics of the social media platform Twitter. Using that format (called tweets) students will record their notes, reflections, and perceived main points from the sermons. Don’t worry. Nothing is online! Everything simply goes on a piece of paper “mimicking” what it’s like to use Twitter. In fact, it actually cuts down on the amount of work they need to do! Those sermon Twitter forms are available here as well as on the countertop right outside the main sanctuary doors.
In Confirmation, part of our learning opportunities includes making worship a regular practice and habit among our Confirmation students and their families.
Both our 7th and 8th grade students are required to fill out TWO sermon outlines per month. If you were not able to attend two worship services this month, you may still receive partial credit for your grade by accessing a written, audio or video copy of the sermon to the right and then filling out a sermon outline form based off the message.
Why do the pastors like seeing you in church? First, God asks it of us. In the Third Commandment God instructs us to “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.” That includes holding God’s Word sacred and seeking opportunities to hear it and learn from it. Church provides that! Second, all of our families have demanding, varying schedules. By this we hope to assist each family in forming a healthy routine of attendance in worship. Third, while our whole lives are an act of worship as we live in service to others, in the church service our worship gathers around our continual need for God’s strength and forgiveness and how God provides just that in Word and Sacrament! As He has promised, in the Word of the liturgy and sermon, as well as the visible Word in the sacraments, God is present, serving us with His grace and giving us Jesus!
In addition, as the Confirmands fill out sermon reports, they grow in their ability to listen for elements of Law and Gospel that ought to be present in any sermon they listen to whether at St. John or another congregation. This helps us all follow the example of the Bereans that we read about in Acts 17:11 who“received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (NIV 1984). Actively filling out these forms aids the catechumen in distinguishing what God is asking of me and how I am being shown my sin (Law), as well as how I am forgiven and being shown my Savior (Gospel). If needed, click here for an additional sermon outline form.
You can also access past sermons below!
- January 13, 2013 – What’s so important about being Baptized? This message will help you remember why! I Am Baptized! – Romans 6:1-11
- March 10, 2013 – A powerful modern retelling of Jesus’ parable of The Lost Son. (original script by Christian actor Curt Cloninger) A Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-24
- (VIDEO) While not your typical sermon, you should have no problem finding Law and Gospel in this message, while getting a little history at the same time! Enjoy this, umm, visit from “Martin Luther” as we celebrate the Reformation. A Gospel for All – Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2012
- (VIDEO) You can access this sermon in three different parts. Pastor Ratcliffe did things a little…differently on this Sunday. You can watch it here: Let the Little Children Come to Me – Introduction, and here: hymn (Children of the Heavenly Father) and here: Let the Little Children Come to Me
- September 23, 2012. This is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost.
- September 9, 2012. This is from the 15th Sunday after Pentecost.